Ski fields in Australia have again been forced to close as a covid-19 lockdown is introduced throughout New South Wales.
The entire state of New South Wales is under stay-at-home conditions, which began at 5 pm on Saturday, August 14, and are expected to last until at least 12.01 am on Sunday, August 22. Gladys Berejiklian, head of NSW, said this is “the worst situation Australia’s been in” since the start of the covid-19 pandemic.
Following the press conference today, I received health advice concerning multiple regional NSW areas. As such, from 5pm tonight, all of regional NSW will go into a seven-day lockdown. This means the whole state is in strict lockdown. pic.twitter.com/urND0bYfkT
— Gladys Berejiklian (@GladysB) August 14, 2021
Saturday 14th August saw 466 new cases and four deaths. There have been nearly 12,000 cases in NSW since this outbreak began at the end of June and 40 deaths, reports the Guardian.
Citizens must not venture further than 3miles (5km) from their homes for shopping, exercise, or outdoor recreation, with exemptions in place for social bubbles. Anyone found breaking the rules could face a fine of $3,000AUD ($2,200US).
Perisher and Thredbo, who had previously remained open to locals, have closed. The two other resorts in NSW, Charlotte Pass and Selwyn Snowfields, have also closed.
The NSW Government has declared a 7 day state-wide lockdown from 5pm tonight. This means that unfortunately Perisher’s operations will close, but we hope to see you again as soon as possible. This is difficult news for all of us, and we hope all our guests, employees and communities stay safe ❤
– Perisher Facebook
In the state of Victoria, ski fields are still open but for locals only.